November 13, 2009 by Shannon
I haven’t been feeling quite myself lately. I have a persistent, yet mild, sore throat and a general feeling of malaise. (I just love that word. Malaise.) So I’ve been mixing up a daily cocktail of raspberry-flavored Emergen-C and a drugstore brand of cold remedy similar to Airborne. It’s quite good, actually.
The other day as I waited for the Airborne-like tablet to finish fizzing in the glass, something on the packaging caught my eye. It reads “Handborn & Airborn Germ Defense.” I have a couple problems with that. First of all, handborn isn’t really a word. Neither is handborne. Neither is hand-borne. Perhaps it should be a word, but it just isn’t. In fact, a search of Merriam-Webster.com for the more commonly used (in medical circles) hand-borne, turns up a list of spelling suggestions such as hindbrain and handbarrow. Secondly, airborne is a word but airborn is not.
Now, one would assume that the misspelling of airborne on this packaging is intentional. Perhaps spelling it correctly would be a trademark violation against the Airborne brand. All right then. I can handle that reasoning. However, what I cannot abide is a misspelling of the word extracts.
Yes friends, also right there on the package is a blatant typo: extacts.
So let this be a heads up to those of you planning to purchase a drugstore brand of Airborne: be aware that the herbal extracts you thought you were ingesting from your citrus-flavored fizzy beverage are, in fact, extacts. Just so you know.